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From time to time I run into situations that to be honest are so unusual or so difficult that they are hard for me to believe.  Sometimes the way people respond leaves me speechless and unable to understand their perspective.  They approach things in such a way as to leave me saying “unbelievable”.  Or problems are so complex that I am uncertain about how to respond or fix them to the point that I have a hard time believing that there is a legitimate solution or that I am really supposed to deal with them.  This is what is going on with Thomas over in John 20.  First, Jesus (whom Thomas is following) has gotten into a mess that is going to get him (Jesus and Thomas) killed.  Unbelievable!  Then, Thomas steps out to run an errand and come back to a bunch of hallucinating compadres who claim to have seen Jesus raised from the dead.  Unbelievable!  And finally, he finds himself face to face with the resurrected Lord who asks him to set aside his unbelief and to embrace the reality of His new state of being and go tell the world about a risen Savior.  Unbelievable!  Thomas moves from unbelief by seeing a physical Jesus and touching His hands and side.  Jesus has moved from being dead to alive in Thomas’ belief system.  How did that happen?  I don’t know that I completely understand how one moves from unbelief to belief but Thomas is certainly a fascinating study in the shifting of a belief system.  A pretty unbelievable one if you think about it!

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